Motorcyclists typically face greater risks than others while on the road because there is little protection offered to these motorists when an accident takes place. A recent incident in Nashville shows how serious a crash involving a motorcycle can be.
Hit While Other Vehicle Attempts Left Turn
The wreck took place in Belle Meade at the intersection of Harding Place and Harding Pike on Feb. 11 when a motorcyclist traveling east on Harding Pike tried to move to an inside lane while a Honda minivan attempted to turn left onto Harding Place. The vehicles collided, and the motorcyclist went to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He suffered major damage to his leg, which may need to be removed, and an investigation into this crash is ongoing.
Nashville motorcycle accident attorneys know that other motorists do not always watch for motorcycles when turning or changing lanes. According to the latest data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 953 out of 2,317, or 41%, of fatal two-vehicle motorcycle crashes took place when another kind of vehicle was turning left. In comparison, only 23% of fatal wrecks involving a motorcycle occurred when both vehicles were going straight.
Practicing Safe Driving Habits
Several preventable collisions take place because a motorist does not use the reasonable amount of care all drivers are expected to employ when on the road. When driving, one should remember to check blind spots while also following motorcycles at the proper distance. Most importantly, drivers should only attempt to pass other vehicles or make turns when it is safe to do so. This can be accomplished by watching for motorcycles and pedestrians and ensuring an area is clear before turning or passing in a safe manner.
If the negligent behavior of someone else causes an accident, a victim may be entitled to compensation for losses caused by the crash. Contact us to learn about getting the restitution you are owed.